Your body will start losing weight immediately after giving birth, since your child, the placenta and the amniotic fluid would have been removed from your body. The excess water weight will start disappearing too in the few weeks after giving birth. The fat storage would have to be worked on though and this is when diet and exercise can help.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are highly nutritious without adding on to your weight. Fruits and vegetables are also full of fiber which aids in proper digestion. Fiber also provides bulkage which keeps us full for long, eliminating the need to eat every few hours. Most of this bulk doesn’t stay in the body but comes out as waste product. Choose green leafy and brightly colored vegetables for the best nutrition. Substitute desserts with fruit cups or smoothies made from fresh fruit.
You should also play mind games with yourself. You don’t need to eat at the first sign of hunger. You can instead opt to distract yourself by doing something else aside from eating when a hunger pang strikes you, such as calling a friend or reading a book. You can also snack on a pack of crackers or an apple instead of going for a full meal, followed by a glass of water. Or you can chew a sugar free gum which is a good technique to keeping hunger at bay.
Exercise is the other half of the weight loss game. Why not turn you new baby into an exercise companion? Instead of staying indoors all the time, go out for walks with your baby in tow. You can also find strollers that are specifically adapted for jogging moms. If you find that you don’t have the time or motivation to go outdoors from taking care of the baby all day, you might want to consider getting a treadmill so that you can do your jogging at home. Whatever activity you choose to do, just keep in mind that the important thing is that you set aside a few minutes every day to moving and keeping active. Not only will this help you lose weight, it also does wonders for your health.
You must understand that for some people, it might not be possible to get back to the figure they had before. The weight might be distributed in a different way now compared to before you were pregnant and your bone structure may have been altered permanently. Just keep in mind that you need to have realistic expectations and you must learn to love this new you. Most women love the extra curves that pregnancy has given them making them feel more womanly.
Always remember that you should consult with your doctor about the right time for you to start exercising again. Women who had normal deliveries might only need a few weeks before beginning to exercise, while those who have undergone c-sections might need a bit longer. Ask your doctor about the safest way to do our exercise to avoid possible injury.